Paying for College

Ivy League "Scholarships"

Question: I am in 9th grade and wondering what Ivy League schools look for when they give out scholarships? Do sports and other extracurricular activities count as much as grades and test scores?

The first thing you need to know is that all scholarships awarded by the Ivy League are “need based.” That means that the only students who receive Ivy League financial aid are those whose families cannot afford to pay full freight. However, even many students from “comfortable” middle-class homes receive some sort of scholarship assistance due to the high price tag attached to these schools.

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